Be aware of your fears, face them with courage, for it is not that which you are afraid of that will destroy you, it is the fear itself that has that power. It isn't always the big fears that destroy our peace of mind, it is usually the little fears, called "worries" that bring us suffering.
When a worry comes into your mind, recognize it for what it is- fear. Do not allow fear to rule you. There is never a need to worry, because worrying does not change the outcome of an event. It is wasted mental energy which will cause suffering. Worry will destroy peace of mind and happiness.
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Anytime that we allow ourselves to indulge in worrying, we have given into fear. Bobby McFerrin had it right, "Don't worry- Be happy!"
Laura Barrette Shannon